Sunday, 5 October 2014

Snug as a bug in a rug!

This Autumn/Winter we are very much seeing the blanket shrug coming into it's own.  Designs include tartan inspired, checked or striped in fact there is a lot of choice out there.

That said, you need to be sure you have the right body shape to be wearing this trend, if not, this may not flatter you!

The most idea shapes for this trend is straight, apple or inverted triangle, why?  because they have the best legs.  The blanket shrug is going to wrap around the top-half of your body and therefore if you are pear shaped or hour-glass (like me), then you will need to opt for the versions that have ties or even add a belt yourself to define the waist.

I wouldn't invest too much into this trend either, it not a classic, therefore I doubt you will be wearing it much after this season.  Go for an affordable version, ideally in one of your base colours, e.g. black, navy, brown, camel etc  so it gives you versatility across your winter wardrobe.

Here's a few to check out…


Warehouse (via House of Fraser)
Space Dye Cape Grey
£35




M&S COLLECTION
Houndstooth Wrap
Also available in black
£29.50





New Look have lots of different ones to choose from, here are my favourite two:

Cream Chevron Tassel Hem Blanket Wrap
£24.99





Black Aztec Border Blanket Wrap

£19.99








Monday, 15 September 2014

Chanel Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery

Last Sunday I headed into London to visit the Saatchi Gallery on the King's Road, as there is a Chanel exhibition on (Thank you Sadie for letting me know!).

Second Floor - The Private Apartment Of Mademoiselle Chanel is a photographic exhibition by Sam Taylor-Johnson.  Exhibiting 34 photographs capturing the private rooms of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. 




I was excited by this, as it was only last year I visited this store in Paris when I went to see the No.5 exhibition, by Chanel.  My expectations that morning was that I was going to see 34 images of the private apartments, so I could really nosey in on her decor and private style.  It wasn't like that.  

Taylor-Johnson had photographed some rooms but had mainly concentrated on very close up imagery of personal artefacts like her crystal ball, her personalised chandelier that has her logo as well as the no. 5 incorporated into the design.  Chanel's astrology sign was Leo, and her love of lions showed; with several photos dedicated to her golden lions.

All the images were enlarged and then printed on watercolour paper producing a grainy effect -  mounted on white within large black frames; I assume to be in-keeping with the monochromatic style of Chanel.

A new fact that I discovered about Chanel; is that she didn't actually live within these private apartments, there was no bedroom or kitchen.  The Ritz was her place of residence, so I assume these apartments were used daily to meet with friends and have a quiet space near her shop.

The most exciting photos were the ones of her mirrored staircase; iconic and divine.     







Taylor-Johnson's is quoted about this unique and exciting experience on the Saatchi website:  "The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabits the second floor." she goes on to say "The apartment is beautifully stylish. It feels like she had meticulously chosen every object."  You can read the full article here.

It's a small exhibition, and I would really only recommend going if your close to London. The Second Floor: THE PRIVATE APARTMENT OF MADEMOISELLE CHANEL is on from 12 September - 4 October 2014 at the Saatchi Gallery, London.



All images were taken on my iPhone


Friday, 12 September 2014

You've got a front row seat at London Fashion Week!

London Fashion Week started today (Friday 12th) at Somerset House, and it's running until Tuesday 16th of September.  

Did you get that front row ticket right next to Anna Wintour? NO?  Not to worry, you've got front row tickets from the comfort of your home; simply by watching the highlights of the day online.

From today's highlights; I'm loving the skirts and dresses from J. JS Lee's SS15 collection, the quirky hemlines as pictured below look fabulous and I'm hoping they will hit the high street come springtime. The other collection I loved was Daks;  I simply adore their slimline trousers in pale tones, which would give a new edge to office wear next Spring.

Image from London Fashion Week - J. JS Lee's collection


Image from London Fashion Week - Daks SS15


I've added the schedule below for you to view; some you'll be able to view live on the site, some will be added to the Highlights page.  Either way, you CAN get involved with London Fashion Week - no ticket needed!!


Saturday 13th September
09:00 - Barbara Casasola
09:30 - 11:30 - Orla Kiely
10:00 - Jasper Conran
10:30 - 12:30 - Lulu & Co
11:00 - Emilia Wickstead
11:30 - 13:30 - Antipodium
12:00 - Julien Macdonald
12:30 - 14:30 - Markus Lupfer
13:00 - Sibling
13:30 - 15:30 - Danielle Romeril
14:00 - Hunter Original
15:00 - Holly Fulton
16:00 - J.W.Anderson
16:30 - 1205
17:00 - 18:00 - Joseph
17:30 - Nasir Mazhar
18:00 - 20:00 - Whistles
18:30 - House of Holland
19:30 - Lucas Nascimento
20:30 - Marchesa
21:00 - KTZ


Sunday 14th September
09:00 - Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
09:30 - 17:30 - Mulberry
10:00 - Margaret Howell
10:30 - 12:30 - Sophia Webster
11:00 - Richard Nicoll
12:00 - Marios Schwab
12:30 - 14:30 - palmer//harding (Women's)
13:00 - Matthew Williamson
14:00 - Temperley London
14:30 - 16:30 - Toga
15:00 - Topshop Unique
15:15 - Ashley Williams
16:00 - Paul Smith
17:00 - Vivienne Westwood Red Label
18:00 - Mary Katrantzou
18:30 - 20:30 - Belstaff
19:00 - David Koma
20:00 - Jonathan Saunders
20:30 - Pringle of Scotland


Monday 15th September
09:00 - Antonio Berardi
09:30 - 17:30 - Mulberry
09:30 - 10:45 - Mother of Pearl
10:00 - Roksanda
11:00 - Erdem
12:00 - Michael van der Ham
13:00 - Burberry Prorsum
14:00 - Issa
15:00 - Christopher Kane
15:30 - 17:30 - Huishan Zhang
16:00 - Thomas Tait
17:00 - Peter Pilotto
18:00 - GILES
19:00 - TOM FORD


Tuesday 16th September
09:00 - OSMAN
10:00 - Anya Hindmarch
11:00 - Simone Rocha
12:00 - Marques'Almeida
12:30 - 14:30 - Ryan Lo
13:00 - Fashion East
13:30 - 15:30 - Tata Naka
14:00 - Emilio de la Morena
15:00 - Ashish
16:00 - Meadham Kirchhoff
16:30 - 18:30 - Isa Arfen

17:00 - H by Hakaan Yildirim




Sunday, 7 September 2014

SS15 - New York Fashion Week - Victoria Beckham

With my recent post about floral being on trend for Autumn/Winter this year - it looks like floral will still make an impact next Spring/Summer too.

Victoria Beckham's fashion show for SS15 collection was in New York today, and you'll see from all the fabulous designs below, floral is definitely the way to go!

I'm loving this look, as she has kept it simple yet affective.  Victoria quotes for Grazia Daily ‘For me I wanted a collection that was minimal and graphic but I also wanted to have fun – that’s me, it feels very me. I take what I do very, very seriously but I also want to have fun. I think it's really cool.’ 

This is also her debut show for her own shoe collection too.   Daily May Sitch who writes for mydaily.co.uk says "In her show notes, the British designer announced that she had designed the shoes for the collection herself (formerly the task of Manolo Blahnik) in her London atelier, and the results were seriously impressive."

All images are from Victoria Beckham's Facebook page, click here to follow her.









Friday, 5 September 2014

To tee or not to tee?

I love t-shirts and you don't have to spend a lot of money in treating yourself to one or two!  Every Friday we have dress-down day at work, and one of my colleagues today had a fabulous tee on from Topshop, it caused some amusement as I'm trying to read the small text going across her boobs!!

So here it is, it's the Office animals print tee by Tee and Cake
£20




I'm also loving from their range this Chic tee
SAME CHIC DIFFERENT DAY TEE
£18




Whilst out and about shopping at Westfield the other week, I tried on this tee from the Henry Holland collection… I didn't buy… but I may just change my mind!

H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams
Ivory tweet me t-shirt
£16





I'm also loving from this H! collection….

Designer white cotton giraffes in sunglasses t-shirt
£16




Sunday, 31 August 2014

Product Review: La Redoute - Orange lace summer dress

Every now and then as a blogger you get asked to do a product review.  I blogged about La Redoute before when I've talked about French styling.

For this blog post I'm reviewing a gorgeous orange lace summer dress.  La Redoute is part of Redcats - the world's 3rd largest home shopping organisation. What's so special about La Redoute?  Well it makes French style accessible to all -  They give advice on how to look good with they guides to styling.

La Redoute - Orange Lace Dress


Orange is one of my favourite colours, and because my natural colourings are based on Autumn, my skin tone easily accepts this fabulous colour.  Once the dress arrived, I was very excited about the colour, and I love the detailing of the lace.  The slip is a great match and the fabric mixes perfectly with the top fabric, so it does feel like one dress.

Detailed lace


Now 75% of my dresses are a size 14, so when they asked me what size, 14 is what I requested.  The slip of the dress fits perfectly however the top dress is too big.  I think for a mail order company, sizing is really important, as it's a hassle having to return garments.  I feel the top dress is easily a size 16 - so I'm disappointed that it didn't fit me.

The fit

So if I want to wear it straight away, I'm left with no option but to style it with a belt.  Gold is a favourite of mine to pair up with orange.  As this is very much a day dress I felt it needed flats - ideal for lunching with a girlfriend or two!

The day look
By having the belt on, this lifts the length of the dress up quite a bit, I would much prefer to wear this without, so with that in mind, I'm going to look to have the top dress taken in so that it matches my body line.  

A summer dress like this is so versatile and an essential part of every summer wardrobe.  You can style this up for shopping, brunching and day trips out or dress it down for visiting friends or even a great cover up for lunch once you been on the beach!

The price of this dress was originally £35, which I think is good value as the dress is made well - what's even better is that if you love this review and you still have your summer holiday coming up, then this dress has been reduced to £14, that's a 60% saving!!

So I love the colour, I love the fabric and I think the price is fair.  I'm disappointed that it didn't fit right, so for that I will give it 7.5 out of 10!  Simply click here to buy.

I checked out their site for what you could accessorise this with, and I"m loving the following…

Nestas Multi-Coloured Leather Sandals
£39

Click here to view


Bucket Bag, Fashion Accessory
£45

Click here to view